Pirates look for return to winning form

Orlando Pirates will look for a return to winning form in the Absa Premiership when they host Golden Arrows at Orlando Stadium on Wednesday 28 August 2019, kick-off at 19h30.

Pirates, following their season-opening win over Bloemfontein Celtic, have suffered a 3-0 loss against SuperSport United on August 14 and played out a 0-0 draw at AmaZulu on Tuesday, August 20. The Buccaneers will hope a return to Soweto sees them pick up three points.

Arrows, who suffered a 5-0 drubbing away to Bloemfontein Celtic in their second match, responded well with a 2-1 home win over Chippa United on Saturday, August 24. Abafana Bes’thende scored through Nduduzi Sibiya and Knox Mutizwa.

In head-to-head stats, Pirates and Arrows have met in 36 league matches since 2000/01. The Buccaneers have claimed 20 wins compared to six for Abafana Bes’thende, while 10 matches have been drawn. The Soweto side has won 10 of their 18 home league matches against their Durban counterparts, suffering two defeats in the process.

Last season Pirates took four points off Arrows, drawing 0-0 at home in October 2018 before winning the return game in Durban in March 2019 1-0 thanks to a goal from Justin Shonga. The teams’ last four league meetings have produced just four goals.

Pirates’ line-up from their 0-0 draw with AmaZulu on August 20: Sandilands, Jele, Mbekile, Ndlovu (Shonga 86'), Maela, Mlambo, Mako, Makaringe, Pule (T. Mabaso 65'), Lorch, Mhango (Tlolane 81').

Arrows’ line-up from their 2-1 win over Chippa on August 24: Sibanda, Dube, Sibisi, Mathiane, Lunga, Sibiya (Lamola 83'), Phiri, Shitolo, Makhubela (Sabelo 75'), M.Gumede (Venter 59'), Mutizwa.

Head-to-Head

LAST 10 LEAGUE RESULTS

Season Result Scorers

2013/14 Pirates 3-1 Arrows Jele, Manyisa 2; Sithole

2013/14 Arrows 1-3 Pirates Ntuli; Erasmus, Myeni, Makola

2015/16 Pirates 0-2 Arrows Mahachi, Shitolo

2015/16 Arrows 1-4 Pirates Sibiya; Ndoro 2, Memela, Sarr

2016/17 Pirates 3-1 Arrows Ndoro 3; Sibiya

2016/17 Arrows 2-1 Pirates Lamola, Mutizwa; Gabuza

2017/18 Pirates 0-0 Arrows

2017/18 Arrows 1-2 Pirates Shongwe; Lorch, Dube

2018/19 Pirates 0-0 Arrows

2018/19 Arrows 0-1 Pirates Shonga

LEAGUE RECORD (since 2000/01)

Home

P W D L GF GA

Pirates 18 10 6 2 25 14

Arrows 18 4 4 10 14 28

Away

P W D L GF GA

Pirates 18 10 4 4 28 14

Arrows 18 2 6 10 14 25

Total

P W D L GF GA

Pirates 36 20 10 6 53 28

Arrows 36 6 10 20 28 53

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